Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This weeks bloggography challenge was to learn about aperture. You can read about it here.

We were asked to take 2 pictures=one with a large aperture and the same picture with a small aperture. For added fun-we were asked to take a picture of something red or pink because it's February and Valentines day is this month.

I played around with this for a long time. It took me awhile to see the difference in the pictures (of course, I was relying on that tiny 2 inch screen on the camera-when I loaded the pictures I saw the difference a little clearer.)

My first attempt was just to get the feel of this challenge.  I took about 100 pictures of various items-this set clearly shows the difference aperture setting make.  The background is clear with the smaller aperture setting while it is blurry with the large aperture.  If you click on the pictures they will get bigger.

ISO 800, f/5.6 

ISO 800, f/32.0

My husband and I went to Erie, PA to see the frozen lake (Parts of Lake Erie are ice).  I saw this red life saving box and knew I had to try different aperture settings in a landscape.  Although not as crisp-I can definitely see that the background is sharper with the small aperture and blurred with the large aperture:
ISO 100, f/29.0


ISO 100, f/5.3

I was so happy to find something red outside!  It is funny that we have so many colors around us-but when you start looking for something "perfect" to use for an photo challenge how hard it is to find what you need!

Want to join the fun?

Manic Mother


  1. Oh great examples!! I love it. We must have similar lenses.

  2. I love both your pictures! The color is really great in the first shot. Well done!

  3. I love that first example!! The difference is drastic! Thanks for linking up!

  4. I'm loving those photos! beautiful!

  5. Beautiful shots. My favourite is the last one.